Yampa Valley Golf Course pro leaving for Idaho

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David Hardison

For the second straight winter, Yampa Valley Golf Course will be looking for a new pro.

After the 2012 golf season, head pro Jason Back chose to resign from his position, and the board of directors found a good fit with David Hardison — a veteran golf pro who moved to Craig from Driggs, Idaho. But Hardison and his wife, Donna, are moving on after a summer here, and will take over at Targhee Village Golf Course near Driggs, where they were in 2012.

“Obviously we’re sad that he’s leaving,” said Don Smith, Yampa Valley Golf Association Board of Directors President. “We understand, and all of us wish him very well. We’re glad that we got to have him for the time that we did.”

Hardison has been at Targhee Village on and off for the past 25 years, he said, and figured he would return there sometime with the relationships he has formed over time. He was proud of some things he was able to do while in Craig.

“I think we improved junior golf. I thought that turned out great,” Hardison said. “We had almost 55 students, and I hope that continues. We set the stage for it, and I hope it keeps going.”

Board members and club members consistently brought up Hardison’s Yampa Valley Junior Golf Program, which was a major success during the summer.

“I hope we can build on it for the future,” Smith said about junior golf. “It’s important to the game of golf that we start with our kids young. Some of the things David’s done with etiquette, it’s great.”

Many members at the course enjoyed having Hardison. Steve Hafey, who played in several tournaments throughout the summer, appreciated his experience.

“I liked what they did here,” Hafey said about David and his wife, Donna. “I like the kids thing and the manner in which they ran tournaments. They’re an experienced team of administrators.”

YVGC will put out a job posting to the Professional Golf Association and interview candidates to be the pro in 2014. The process of finding the next pro already has begun, Smith said.

The board president also mentioned he hopes the Hardisons stay in touch, being just six hours north. Hardison said Craig can count on it.

“We’ll be back to visit,” he said. “There are so many great people here.”

Nate Waggenspack can be reached at 970-875-1795 or nwaggenspack@craigdailypress.com.

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